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2016-2020
HIGHLIGHTS

Pod Sites

2020

Pod Sites

9 sites

2019

Pod Sites

15 sites

2017

Pod Sites

12 sites

2016

Pod Sites

13 sites

2018

Pod Sites

14 sites

2016
Pod Sites

  • St. Leo's Catholic School

  • LAMP Community Health Centre

  • Barsa Kelly Cari-Can Cooperative

  • Humber College - Lakeshore Campus

  • Heaven on the Queensway

  • Marguerite Butt Early Learning and Childcare Centre

  • Lakeshore Lodge Longterm Care Home

  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  • Toronto Public Library - Long Branch

  • Thomas Berry Early Learning and Childcare Centre

10 organizational and 3 residential pod sites.

2017
Pod Sites

11 organizational and 1 residential pod sites.

  • St. Leo Catholic School

  • Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society at the Daily Bread Food Bank

  • LAMP Community Health Centre

  • Barsa Kelly Cari-Can Cooperative

  • Humber College - Lakeshore Campus

  • Heaven on the Queensway

  • Marguerite Butt Early Learning and Childcare Centre

  • LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

  • Lakeshore Lodge Longterm Care

  • Toronto Public Library - Long Branch

  • Thomas Berry Early Learning and Childcare Centre

2018
Pod Sites

14 organizational pod sites.

  • Birds and Beans Cafe

  • Norris Crescent Cooperative

  • St. Leo Catholic School

  • Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Gardening Society at the Daily Bread Food Bank

  • LAMP Community Health Centre

  • Barsa Kelly Cari-Can Cooperative

  • Lakeshore Collegiate Institute

  • Humber College - Lakeshore Campus

  • The Holy Trinity Catholic School

  • Father John Redmond Catholic School

  • Marguerite Butt Early Learning and Childcare Centre

  • Lakeshore Lodge Longterm Care Home

  • Toronto Public Library - Long Branch

  • Thomas Berry Early Learning and Childcare Centre

2019
Pod Sites

15 organizational pod sites.

  • Birds and Beans Cafe

  • Storefront Humber

  • St. Leo Catholic School

  • Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society at the Daily Bread Food Bank

  • LAMP Community Health Centre

  • Barsa Kelly Cari-Can Cooperative

  • Lakeshore Collegiate Institute

  • Humber College - Lakeshore Campus

  • The Holy Trinity Catholic School

  • Father John Redmond Catholic School

  • Marguerite Butt Early Learning and Childcare Centre

  • Lakeshore Lodge Longterm Care Home

  • Toronto Public Library - Long Branch

  • Thomas Berry Early Learning and Childcare Centre

  • James S. Bell Junior Middle School

2020
Pod Sites

9 organizational pod sites.

  • Birds and Beans Cafe

  • ​Storefront Humber

  • ​Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society at the Daily Bread Food Bank

  • ​LAMP Community Health Centre

  • Barsa Kelly Cari-Can Cooperative

  • Humber College - Lakeshore Campus

  • Father John Redmond Catholic School

  • Toronto Pulic Library - Long Branch

  • James S. Bell Junior Middle School

Harvest

All produce harvested was donated back into the community of South Etobicoke through the Daily Bread Food Bank and LAMP CHC's Good Food Market. Harvest numbers from 2016 to 2020 can be seen in the graph below:

303kg

122kg

2016

237kg

2017

205kg

2018

2019

153kg

2020

In 2019, The GARDENS received a donation of 26kg of vegetables from the Lakeshore Environmental Gardening Society (LEGS), that were also given to our local community.

Workshops

In 2016, we offered:

  • 8 educational community workshops between July and October to learn about gardening, inexpensive meal prep, and healthy alternatives.

In 2017, we offered:

  • 11 educational community workshops between May and September that explored meditation and planting, cooking with strawberries, and an apple picking trip.

In 2018, we offered:

  • 10 educational community workshops between May and September. Sessions included Family-Friendly Cooking and Cooking with Strawberries.

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In 2019, we offered:

  • 10 free educational community workshops whose topics included Wiggling Worms and Mindful Eating.

In 2020, our educational programming was delivered online due to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic:

  • We offered 7 interactive Zoom workshops - four led by The GARDENS, two as a guest speaker at Jean Augustine Centre's summer camp, and one held in collaboration with the Early On Centre.

  • We hosted 4 Facebook live streams and 1 Instagram live stream

  • We also created ten pre-recorded educational videos that were uploaded on our website and social media accounts.

Seasonal Employment

Every year the project provides multiple opportunities for students and workshop facilitators.

  • In 2016, seasonal employment opportunities included two student interns, a program evaluator, and workshop facilitators.

  • In 2017, two seasonal employment opportunities were created for student interns as Operations Coordinator and Education Coordinator.

  • In 2018, three seasonal employment opportunities were created for an Operations Coordinator, Education Coordinator, and a Supervisor position with the support of Canada Summer Jobs and Humber College.

  • In 2019, two seasonal employment opportunities were created for student interns as Operations Coordinator and Education Coordinator with the support of Canada Summer Jobs and Humber College.

  • In 2020, four seasonal employment opportunities were created for student interns with three Project Coordinators and one Education Coordinator. Special speakers were also compensated for their work.